Did you think you were going to get away with saying your baby really didn’t need much for Christmas? And now your family is hounding you for gift ideas? Here are some great gifts for newborns that will be put to good use AND don’t make noise. Most of them are new this year and a couple are just cool so that they made the list.
Gifts for Newborns
You have no idea how many times a refluxy baby can soak a burp cloth each and every day. If you’re going to walk around wearing one as an accessory, you should make it as fashionable as these soft burp cloths from Copper Pearl, which sell three for $20.
This handy gadget from Hatch Baby serves as a nightlight and white noise machine. You can adjust the colors, timing, and volume from your phone! (You can read my review here.) Then, as your kiddo grows, you can use it as a time-to-rise indicator, as well as part of your bedtime routine. $60 at Amazon.
While the Aden and Anais muslin swaddles may not technically be a “need,” they would certainly ride at the very top of my “want” list for any baby. They’re so soft and have a thousand uses. They swaddle, cover car seats, keep baby warm but not too warm, and absorb baby puke. They make great lovies and don’t take up too much room in a diaper bag. These new metallic prints are especially beautiful. You can get a three pack from the Aden and Anais website for $50.
pipSquigz Loops may look like a randomly-shaped piece of silicone, but we all know that’s what babies like best. It has different textures, rattle rings, and a variety of places to grab and chew. Plus, it suction cups onto the table, which helps eliminate the “throw this down so mom has to pick it up” game. Get one from Amazon for about $14.
Like most Lamaze toys, the Stacking Starseeker is adorably interactive. There are things to chew, crinkle, and rattle. The patterns on each stackable piece are bright and there are cute objects to put in and take back out. Order it from Amazon for $25.
Like it’s space exploring counterpart, this Lamaze pelican hits all the interactive high points. There is even a mirror inside his bill, and a fish ready to be regurgitated. He comes with a plastic link so you can attach it to the stroller or bouncy chair. He’s $13 from Amazon.
This photograph backdrop makes the monthly growth pictures a snap. It includes a muslin blanket that can be used for swaddling, nursing, or covering the baby. Each month, simply lay it out and add one of the pre-printed month props to keep track of how big your tiny baby is getting. It also comes with additional holiday cards. You can get this for $25 from Lulujo Baby’s website.
This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does solve the question of, “what do I do with all these teeth!?” It feels weird to throw them away and weird to keep them.
This nifty box also has a spot for the umbilical cord stump and a lock of hair from baby’s first haircut. And you can use the lines next to each tooth to record either the day the first appeared, or the day they fell out. Get one for $7 on Amazon.
Hanna Andersson is a modern staple of amazing children’s clothes. If you want to start a Christmas Eve tradition of new pajamas for the family, definitely check out these cute options. There are holiday prints and year-round choices, with feet or no feet. You may not have realized that Hanna Andersson also offers adult PJs, so the entire family can be adorably matchy. The baby sizes run about $42 on the Hanna Andersson website.
If you like the “monthaversary” style cards and photo shoots, you’ll love these Baby’s First Christmas Photo Card booklet. With various holiday milestones printed on quality paper, you can snap a photo of your baby, captioned with the corresponding card. They’re $8 on Amazon.
No holiday gift list would be complete without a keepsake ornament. This corked glass ball from Milestone takes it a step further: one ornament to capture 12 years of life with your child. Each year you can write a milestone or other memory and seal it inside. Get it for $19 from the Milestone website.
Combining memories with education, these photo alphabet flashcards from Pinhole Press are customizable with photos of your choosing. Your family, pets, and toy xylophone are sure to make an appearance. They’re $25 from the Pinhole Press website.
Finally, we have a more traditional first Christmas ornament. This simple, customized ornament is a lovely take on the timeless classic. From $18 on Etsy.